The Flash: Season 2, Episode 1 “The Man Who Saved Central City” Review

2015 CW THE FLASH SEASON 2 CAST PHOTO

The Flash Season 2 Premiere – Quick Impressions (Spoilers)

The Flash is back! After a super strong first season which set a pretty consistent bar across each episode, The Flash is looking to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump. Quite a number of shows with a stellar inaugural season failed to recapture that same magic in their second season.

One of the reasons which made the first season great was the mystery behind the true identity of Harrison Wells and the Man in the Yellow Suit story arc. So one question heading into the second season premiere is if the new overarching story line would be as compelling. There was also some reviews on Season 1 which considered whether The Flash had peaked too soon and burned through too many ideas and stories, too fast.

“The Man Who Saved Central City” is a good indication that the show runners aren’t going to stray from what makes the show great, even if parts of the premiere came off as a little formulaic. The Flash has never been an original show, in the sense that it’s not trying to rewrite the superhero genre, rather it is embracing its comic book heritage better than we could have hoped for. 

Barry’s state of mind has certain parallels to how Oliver Queen started off Arrow’s Season 2. Both are separated from their support team, but while Barry is still in the city helping and Oliver left town, both no longer see themselves as true heroes. This is another over used comic book trope but as long as it feels true to the character, it should feel true to the audience. 

So even though the structure of this episode functioned to get Barry to the point where he could accept the city’s key, which is symbolic of him accepting his superhero status and to get the old gang back together, it worked because it’s an entertaining ride and emotionally resonated. I’ve always get emotionally sucked into Barry’s scenes with this father Henry, those scenes are always so well acted and written. This time it wasn’t even behind a glass wall, talking into a prison phone.

I also couldn’t agree more with Henry that Barry has a second family, which is Barry’s secret power so to speak as much as the show’s strength. The writers know how to get the best out of their supporting characters from Cisco, Caitlin to Joe West. It also helps that everyone in Barry’s inner circle knows his true identity whereas on Arrow it hurt some character’s development because they were kept on the outside and disconnected from the main story line.

The-Flash-and-Supergirl Cross Over

One of the best lighter moments is when Professor Martin Stein named the villain of the week “Atom Smasher” which is normally Cisco’s job. As mostly fun as Atom Smasher is, he’s also mostly a throwaway villain who names drops Zoom, Season Two’s big bad. The show didn’t explicitly say this but it’s reasonable to believe that the reason Atom Smasher looks identical to the welder guy who was found murdered at the beginning of the episode is that he’s from an alternative universe.

The wormhole singularity is going to open a door to a lot of wild story ideas. It’s also going to allow dead characters to come back (but not as we know them) and see different versions, perhaps meta versions, of existing characters. This should be a wild ride for both the actors to show another side to their acting talent and a blast for the fans to watch.

The Flash Season 2 premiere delivered a solid, entertaining episode which kept us on our toes and at same time gave us what we wanted. There were the trademark lighter moments mixed together with some good action set pieces. Ending on “your world is in danger” is a loaded warning that should lead to some very exciting things to come. Sophomore jinx eh? Not gonna happen (crosses fingers).

What did you like or dislike about this episode? Are you excited about Jay Garrick joining the cast in a reoccurring role?

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Posted on October 6, 2015, in Comics, Television, The Flash, TV Reviews and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. This is another show I need to get caught up on (I missed the end of the first season). I really enjoyed the first season and thought it was a fun superhero show. I didn’t like it quite as much as Arrow but still a very enjoyable show.

    • The Flash is a fun superhero show, I think it has a Marvel vibe to it or maybe it’s just me. :D. Glad to hear you like Arrow a lot, I have a good feeling about the new season! I’m going to watch the premiere soon. 🙂

  2. Another great episode from The Flash! A tad on the sappy side but this show does a good job of offering the right amount of sap. Agree about the scenes with Barry and his dad. I don’t recall a better father/son duo on tv. I do miss Wells since he was such an interesting and well acted character, but appears the show won’t suffer from it. I’m with you on thinking The Flash won’t suffer from sophomore slump. Let’s hope it remains true.

    • I saw some comments on other sites and some people didn’t enjoy this episode that much, so I’m glad that you thought it was great like I did. Scenes with Barry and his dad consistently work for me. Their drama was kind of forced, but I get that the writers don’t have plans for the dad to be a regular character and Joe sort of fills that role as the second dad already. I liked how Wells was used in this episode and from what I hear the actor will still be a regular this season. He’s too good of an actor to let go. Yeah, let’s hope the second season keeps going on strong! 🙂

  3. Great review. I thought this was a pretty solid start. I didn’t love the villain of the week. He was a little lame. But I am intrigued by the end with Jay Garrick and the mention of Zoom. Also I love alternate universes, so I’d welcome that if that is what was being hinted at with the villain. I enjoyed the father-son scenes you mentioned too. Hoping for another fun season. I still need to watch the Arrow premiere, but I will be back to check out your review when I do. Seems you wrote a lot this week!

    • Thanks Matthew! Overall, I enjoyed this episode for what it was. One thing that I thought was pretty lame was how the villain was tricked so easily at the end. A lot of stuff happened in those final moments that I think sets up the season, Jay Garrick and Zoom should hopefully be great additions to the mix. When I think of alternate universes I think of Fringe which did it so well. I really liked to hear what you think of Arrow premiere whenever you get the chance to watch it. I tend to have a hard time writing but this Flash post came out pretty fast so I guess I had time to write more stuff this week! Thanks again for always commenting and checking out the posts! 😀

  4. Hey man, you’ve done a fair few reviews recently and I’m still playing catch up because some of the episodes I haven’t watched yet, but since I just watched The Flash I’ll start here.

    I really liked this episode, it presented a new world with the characters in different places and still remmebering what happened in last season. The tone is still consistent with the right level of humour and drama. Like you I thought there were a few familiar and cliche superhero moments and I wasn’t too keen on the villain mainly because he had no personality, had odd powers and I really didn’t like the CGI used on him when he grew and shrang. But beyond that I really liked this episode and I’m excited to see what comes next. This is my quick thoughts for now as I’m off into town, I may expand them in my review which should be up tomorrow. Laters 😀

    • Hey there! Tuesdays is a busy TV day for me, I actually haven’t gotten around to iZombie yet. I’m pretty happy with this Flash premiere. That’s a good point about the characters in different places which makes sense after last season’s finale and keeps things a little fresh without disrupting the formula too much. It’s a good mix of humour, tension, action, comic book tropes, drama and syrupy emotion lol. Yeah the villain had no personality and the CGI didn’t quite look right. I think the writers didn’t spend much time on him because they knew he probably wouldn’t be back. For other villains like Grood they are slowly building him up over time. This premiere bridges the gap between last season and sets up the new one, so I guess it did its job. I’ll be checking out your post! 😀

  5. So looking forward to this and Arrow (UK airings start next week, wahoo!), great review!

  6. I caught up with this one last few days and I loved it! Definitely my favourite new show. I have to catch up on with the others, hopefully soon. Hope you are doing well, bud! Great recap 🙂

  7. Just caught up. I agree. It was a great start.

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